Sherwood rushes for 717 yards in the 66-12 victory

by: DAN BROOD - TURNING THE CORNER -- Sherwood senior halfback Tanner Shadbolt (43) sees running room during the Bowmen's 66-12 win over Liberty on Friday.SHERWOOD — In its Northwest Oregon Conference showdown with Liberty, the Sherwood High School football team didn't complete a single forward pass.

So what?

With the way Sherwood ran the ball, that fact seemingly couldn't matter any less.

The Bowmen — running wild in the rain, to the tune of 717 yards on 48 carries — powered their way to a 66-12 win over the Falcons in a NWOC game played Friday at Sherwood High School.

“That was a lot of fun,” said Sherwood senior fullback Jake Reimer, who rushed for 201 yards on only four carries in the victory.

“All week, we talked about good vibes,” Sherwood senior guard Andrew Rice said. “When you have good thoughts, good things will happen.”

Liberty, which came into the contest tied with Sherwood for first place in the conference standings, moved to 2-1 in NWOC games and to 3-2 on the season with the setback.

With the victory, their 34th straight in regular-season play, the Bowmen moved to 5-0 on the season and to 3-0 Northwest Oregon Conference action, putting them all alone in first place in the conference standings.

“It's always great to be in first place,” Sherwood senior halfback Keegan Lawrence said. “Our first goal is to win the league title.”

And, with sole possession of first place on the line in Friday's game, the Bowmen turned to their almighty running attack.

“The offensive line did a great job,” Lawrence said. “They held their blocks and all of the backs ran hard. It's a team game, and everyone on this team is selfless. We really play as a team.”

Lawrence led Sherwood's offensive attack in Friday's game with 301 rushing yards on 17 carries — which brought a smile to Rice's face.

“Keegan said he'd take the linemen out to lunch if he got over 300 yards,” said Rice, who started on Sherwood's offensive line along with senior center Cam Theimann, junior guard Nick Aspen, senior tackle Travis Kotowski, junior tackle Saul Urzua and senior tight end Jordan Kurahara. “Our backs treat us real well.”

“The line opened up big holes all night,” Reimer said. “And we all block for each other. The backs have the easy job.”

Meanwhile, the Sherwood defense was putting hard hits on the Falcons all night, holding them to just 172 total yards on offense.

by: DAN BROOD - UNDER PRESSURE -- Sherwood seniors Jordan Kurahara (35) and Brian Lee bring down Liberty quarterback Blake Walker.“We were solid, as always,” said Reimer, who plays at linebacker for the Bowmen defense. “We had some hard hits, did our assignments and stayed disciplined.”

Sherwood, the first time it had the ball in Friday's game, moved 63 yards in seven plays, capping the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Mickey Schaefer to take a 7-0 lead with 5 minutes and 21 seconds left to play in the first quarter.

Senior halfback Tanner Shadbolt capped off the next Bowmen drive with a 6-yard scoring run that upped the margin to14-0 with 11:22 remaining in the second quarter.

Liberty, getting a 1-yard TD burst by senior Matthew Langbehn, cut the margin to 14-6 with 8:20 left before halftime. But the Falcons won't get any closer.

A 16-yard touchdown run by Reimer and a 29-yard scoring run by Lawrence quickly upped the margin to 27-6 with 3:34 left in the second quarter.

Liberty, on its ensuing possession, was forced to punt, with the Falcons downing the ball at the Bowmen 6-yard line.

Even pinned back deep in their own territory, it didn't take the Bowmen long to strike again.

“I went to the huddle and asked Jake if he was ready to go 94 yards for a touchdown,” Rice said. “I told him after he did it, I'd bring out the oxygen tank. I had no doubt he'd do it. I was 100-percent sure.”

Rice was right.

Reimer, after taking the handoff from senior quarterback Kevin Larkin, burst through a hole in the line, cut to the right side of the field and, after getting a key downfield block by Lawrence, sprinted down the right sideline for a 94-yard touchdown run that upped the lead to 34-6 with 1:21 left in the first half.

“That was my personal record,” Reimer said with a smile. “That was awesome. I didn't feel tired at all. When I got past the 50, after Keegan got his big block, I knew I had it. It felt incredible.”

In the second half, Sherwood got touchdown runs of 70 and 33 yards by Lawrence, a 14-yard TD run by junior Andrew Ripley-Miles, a 32-yard scoring run by senior Spencer Clay and a 29-yard touchdown scamper by Kobe Higgins to cap off the 66-12 victory.

“This was a really good win,” Sherwood coach Greg Lawrence said. “The kids really played like a team tonight. They all went out of their way to make blocks. This was a lot of fun — even in the rain.”

In addition to the big games turned in by Keegan Lawrence and Reimer, who combined to run for 502 yards, the Bowmen also got 58 rushing yards on four carries by senior Brian Lee and 42 yards on nine carries by Schaefer.

For the Sherwood defense, Lee, Kurahara, junior David Haimoto, senior Austin Goldstein and Ripley-Miles each had a quarterback sack. Sophomore Tanner Dillree and junior Jack Hollin each recovered a Liberty fumble.

For the Falcons, Langbehn rushed for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries. Sophomore quarterback Blake Walker completed five of eight pass attempts for 51 yards.

Both teams will be back in action next Friday. Sherwood plays at Parkrose and Liberty will host Rex Putnam in NWOC games slated to start at 7 p.m.

For a more complete game story, and for more photos, see the Oct. 3 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.

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